Science has proven time and time again that music positively impacts all areas of a child’s development: social, emotional, physical, language, cognitive, and more. That is why early childhood music classes like Kindermusik do so much more than create Miniature Mozarts; they prepare children for school – and the rest of their lives – by boosting every area of development.
Here are 13 ways that early childhood music classes prepare children to be happy and successful on their first day of pre-k or Kindergarten:
1 Interaction with Teacher: Music class teachers are often the first teachers that young children meet and interact and bond with. This initial experience helps children learn to listen and respond to an adult other than the special adults who surround them in their home.
2 Auditory Discrimination & Language: The same skill that is used to discriminate between the sound of a clarinet and the sound of a piano also enables children to hear tiny differences between letter sounds, a critical component to early literacy and language development.
3 Creative & Critical Thinking: Music classes provide a plethora of experiences in which children can develop cognitive skills. They think creatively by using movement to express changes they hear in music, and exercise critical thinking & problem solving when figuring how to make a sound with an instrument.
4 Social Skills: Music classes provide a fun and comfortable environment in which children can exercise social skills like sharing, taking turns, greeting one another, and following directions.
5 Self-Confidence: Children in music classes are encouraged to try new things – to play an instrument in a new way, to create their own lyrics to a song, or to move their bodies to music in a new way. This freedom to explore and discover provides a huge boost to self-confidence!
6 Literacy: Music is full of rhymes. Exposure to rhymes helps children develop a vocabulary of phonemes (sound syllables) and the ability to predict sounds and words in a rhyme. These early skills pave the way for literacy.
7 Active Listening: When children change their movements to match the speed or style of music, they are practicing active listening. This is the same skill they will use when paying attention in class and listening to directions.
8 Cooperation: Circle dances like “Ring Around the Rosey” give children more than a pocket full of posies. Choreographed dance movements require children to listen to and follow oral instructions, work together, and move in synch with each other.
9 Self-Regulation Skills: Children love stop & go games like “freeze dance.” Through fun games like this, children practice their self-regulation skills – the ability to tell their bodies when to stop, when to go, and when to do something else. This is critical when following directions during a fire drill or transitioning between classes.
10 Fine Motor Skills: Finger plays like “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” help children learn to coordinate precise, small movements of their fingers, hands, and wrists. These fine motor skills will help them to use scissors, hold a pencil, and write their name.
11 Coordination and Gross Motor Skills: Movement activities, experiencing and feeling a steady beat, and playing instruments all develop a child’s physical coordination and motor skills. These same skills are used when a child kicks a ball in gym class and climbs on the monkey bars at recess.
12 Love of Learning: Early childhood music classes that involve parents and focus on making learning FUN inspire a lifelong love of learning.
13 Transition into the School Classroom: Children’s music classes are developmentally appropriate and give children increased independence as they get older. This helps children easily transition into the school classroom.